Chow The Ortolan: Still Tiny, Still Delicious, Still Illegal
posted by September 19 at 11:45 AMon
The tiny ortolan—which I can’t stop writing about—remains endangered and illegal to catch, fatten, drown in liquor, roast whole, and eat in one bite.
But that isn’t stopping French poachers, who are catching and selling the birds for hundreds of dollars. And the “junior minister in charge of the environment,” one Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, is upset about it:
“The more you inspect, the more violations you find,” Kosciusko-Morizet told The Associated Press. Four hunters were caught red-handed and two seizures were made over the past two weeks, she said.
At one hunter’s house, inspectors found about 30 live birds being fattened in cages and another dozen frozen ones in the freezer, Kosciusko-Morizet said. The man had set over 100 traps in a nearby forest, she said.